Throughout Fleet Week, thousands of visitors climb aboard amphibious carriers, destroyers and cruisers docked at the Embarcadero to get a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of the sailors serving in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy.
Due to the U.S. Navy's current operational security posture, we cannot confirm the names of ships participating in the 2019 San Francisco Fleet Week until the ships are pierside. Thank you for understanding.
Please enjoy this review of the 2018 roster of visiting ships.
2018 - USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6)
LHD = United States Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the third United States Navy ship of the same name. She was named in honor of John Paul Jones' famous frigate, which he had named the French for "Good Man Richard," in honor of Benjamin Franklin, the U.S. Ambassador to France at the time.
LCU = Landing Craft Utility (LCU) is a type of boat used by amphibious forces to transport equipment and troops to the shore. They are capable of transporting tracked or wheeled vehicles and troops from amphibious assault ships to beachheads or piers.
2018 - USS MANCHESTER (LCS-14)
LCS = is an Independence-class littoral combat ship in the United States Navy. The ship's keel was laid on 29 June 2015, at Mobile, Alabama. The initials of New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the ship's sponsor, were welded into the hull of LCS during the traditional keel laying ceremony. This LCS was christened on 7 May 2016 and launched on 12 May 2016. She was commissioned on 26 May 2018.
2018 - HMCS VANCOUVER (Royal Canadian Navy)
HMCS VANCOUVER is a Halifax-class frigate, of the Royal Canadian Navy, launched on 8 July 1989, as the second vessel of her class. She is currently based at CFB Esquimalt on the west coast of Canada. She is the third vessel to be named after Vancouver, British Columbia.
2018 - USCG FORREST REDNOUR (WPC - 1129)
One of the USCG’s newest ships, launched in June of 2018, Forrest Rednour, a USCG Sentinel-class cutter, is designed to perform search and rescue missions, port security, and the interception of smugglers. She is armed with a remotely-controlled, gyro-stabilized 25 mm autocannon, four crew-served M2 Browning machine guns, and light arms. She is equipped with a stern launching ramp, that allows her to launch or retrieve a water-jet propelled high-speed auxiliary boat, without first coming to a stop. Her high-speed boat has an over-the-horizon capability and is useful for inspecting other vessels and deploying boarding parties. USCG FORREST REDNOUR is homeported in San Pedro, California.